Mar 1, 2017
Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit today to invalidate the so-called Jacksonville “Human Rights Ordinance” or “HRO” because it was adopted in violation of Florida Statutes, the Jacksonville Ordinance Code and City Council Rules. The Jacksonville City Council voted to adopt the HRO, Ordinance 2017-15, on February 14, 2017.
The HRO purports to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as “protected categories” under Jacksonville law. As stated in the lawsuit, the authors and sponsors of the HRO intentionally omitted language required by state and local law “to deceive the Jacksonville public, City Council and Mayor as to the true contents and scope of the HRO. None of the twenty-eight (28) sections and subsections of the Jacksonville Ordinance Code purportedly amended by . . . the HRO are published in the HRO, either in whole or in part.”
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